Govt engineer gets jail term

KATHMANDU: The Special Court today convicted a senior engineer at the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works over a corruption case. A division bench of Judges Gauri Bahadur Karki and Om Prakash Mishra slapped a one year jail term on engineer Tanuk Lal Yadav after convicting him in a corruption case.

The bench has imposed a fine of Rs 2.8 million on him. The engineer has been accused of amassing the amount while he was working at the Department of Roads.

Yadav, a first class government officer has lost his job after being convicted of corruption. Most probably this is the first time that a senior government engineer has been convicted of corruption.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had filed the corruption case against him in 2004.

The anti-graft constitutional body had charged him of accumulating 1.07 million without valid source and claimed that only Rs 7.09 million was matching his legitimate sources of income.

The Special Court, however, said that the claim of the CIAA regarding the accumulation of Rs 7.09 million couldn’t be established. He was found guilty of accumulating Rs 2.8 million without any legitimate source.